Real Leaders Impact Awards

6 REAL-LEADERS.COM / SPRING 2020 REAL LEADERS IMPACT AWARDS TOP 100 COMPANIES 11 Cascade Engineering Impact / Proving that used correctly, plastics can become a cornerstone for the circular economy. They have hired more than 1,000 former prisoners, and programs include a Zero Waste to Landfill initiative and the lowering of CO 2 emissions. Growth / Being involved in multiple industries creates opportunities to share solutions to difficult problems with others. An openness, over 40 years, to adapt to a fast-changing world with honesty and transparency. 12 Interface Carpets Impact / As they pursued Mission Zero — the first global flooring manufacturer to sell all products as carbon neutral across their full life cycle — Cascade saw their story influence the actions of customers, employees, and the broader business community. Growth / Since 1994, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 82 percent, cut fossil fuel consumption by 60 percent, cut waste by 66 percent, cut water use by 75 percent and increased sales by 66 percent — doubling earnings and raising profit margins. 13 Aguas Danone de Argentina Impact / Danone is convinced that when people decide how to eat and drink, they choose the world in which they want to live. A food revolution is changing people’s perception about food, health, and the planet. Growth / Recognized as a B Corporation — a rigorous international evaluation that measures and evaluates policies and practices: governance, workers, environment, community and customers. Sourcing water from their own nature reserve, a space where they take care, protect, and preserve 72,000 hectares. 14 New Belgium Brewery Impact / A craft beer movement proving business could be a force for good. Their breweries are strongly rooted in community, and they work with nonprofits across the country to protect our ecosystems. Growth / Since 1991, donated more than $26.6 million to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges. They advocate for better climate policies, realizing that without healthy rivers, forests, and soils, they couldn’t make great beer. The first wind-powered brewery in the United States. 15 BlueWave Solar Impact / Installing clean, renewable energy to curb greenhouse gas production and improve the health of our planet. Actively adding more solar to the global energy mix, and making it possible for residents, businesses, and communities to support it. Growth / Creating a business that is more than renewable energy — a commitment to transparency, sustainability, and improving the lives of others. 16 Seventh Generation Impact / Helping transform the world into a healthy, sustainable, and equitable place for the next seven generations with USDA Certified bio-based household, personal care, and baby products. Growth / Launched the brand in more than 32 countries and seen household penetration above 7 percent and double-digit growth. People who are aware of their mission are twice as likely to be loyal customers and drive growth. 17 Beyond Meat Impact / A mission to create the future of protein with plant-based burgers, beef, and sausage. By shifting from animal to plant-based meat, they are addressing four growing global issues: human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources, and animal welfare. Growth / Their initial public offering was the most successful IPO in nearly two decades. Investor appetite for the company has been insatiable, driven by a potent combination of product demand, investor buzz, and strong company performance. 18 Newman’s Own Impact / Continues Paul Newman’s commitment to use 100 percent of the royalties and profits received from the sale of Newman’s Own products for charitable purposes. Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given more than $550 million to thousands of charities since 1982. Growth / Newman used his star power to instill trust in a line of food products that are helping to change lives, such as the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which was started by Newman and has served more than 730,000 seriously ill children and their families in more than 50 countries since 1988. 19 Simple Energy Impact / Provides utility- branded marketplaces and customer engagement software for the largest municipal and cooperative utilities. Growth / Grew 2018 revenue to >$40mm, to over 100 employees, and >40 utility partners reaching 40 million households — helping customers save $10s of millions on their energy bills. Saved enough energy to take a city the size of Philadelphia off the grid entirely. 20 Beneficial State Bank Impact / Proved the viability of a new banking model where banks are owned by foundations that serve communities rather than shareholders. A banking system that builds prosperity for everyone, including those with the least bargaining power. Growth / Supported more than 10,000 units of affordable housing and the production of 573 million kWh of renewable clean energy — the equivalent of putting a roof over the heads of 26,000 people and taking 83,000 cars off the road for a year.